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Association of State Medicaid Expansion Status With Low Birth Weight and Preterm Birth

Brown, Clare C.; Moore, Jennifer E.; Felix, Holly C.; Stewart, M. Kathryn; Bird, T. Mac; Lowery, Curtis L.; Tilford, J. Mick

Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey: September 2019 - Volume 74 - Issue 9 - p 510–512
doi: 10.1097/01.ogx.0000579868.05559.03
OBSTETRICS: ETHICS, MEDICOLEGAL ISSUES, AND PUBLIC POLICY
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(Abstracted from JAMA 2019;321(16):1598–1609)

Prematurity and low birth weight contributed an estimated 36% to infant mortality in 2013 and are associated with adverse consequences, including increased risk of infant mortality and chronic health conditions throughout the infant's life. In the United States, rates of prematurity and birth weight are higher than in most developed nations, with black infants twice as likely than white infants to be born at low birth weight and 1.5 times as likely to be premature compared with white infants.

Department of Health Policy and Management, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR (C.C.B., H.C.F., M.K.S., T.M., J.M.T); Institute for Medicaid Innovation, Washington, DC (J.E.M.); Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI (J.E.M.); and Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR (C.L.L.)

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